10 Songs, 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

#SantanaWorld is Tay-K’s first mixtape, and there’s a chance it will also be his last: In July of 2019, the Texas teenager was sentenced to 55 years in prison for charges related to a 2016 home invasion that left a man dead. His 2017 breakout hit “The Race” tells the all-too-real story of his months on the run after cutting off his ankle bracelet while on house arrest; he was captured in New Jersey the same day he released the music video. Though the rapper only pled guilty to robbery charges and claims to have not been armed, cries of “Free Tay-K” are probably misdirected. But the handful of songs on #SantanaWorld are admittedly solid, if not for the faint of heart, like if “Folsom Prison Blues” was channeled through the nihilist lens of Chicago drill and, er, wasn’t fictional.

EDITORS’ NOTES

#SantanaWorld is Tay-K’s first mixtape, and there’s a chance it will also be his last: In July of 2019, the Texas teenager was sentenced to 55 years in prison for charges related to a 2016 home invasion that left a man dead. His 2017 breakout hit “The Race” tells the all-too-real story of his months on the run after cutting off his ankle bracelet while on house arrest; he was captured in New Jersey the same day he released the music video. Though the rapper only pled guilty to robbery charges and claims to have not been armed, cries of “Free Tay-K” are probably misdirected. But the handful of songs on #SantanaWorld are admittedly solid, if not for the faint of heart, like if “Folsom Prison Blues” was channeled through the nihilist lens of Chicago drill and, er, wasn’t fictional.

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